I had such a wonderful response to my wool felt acorns last week, I thought I’d go a step further and show you how to make them into acorn napkin rings. George Bernard Shaw once said, “Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!” Well, these acorns aren’t going to explode into mighty oaks, but they might cause your guests to erupt into mighty smiles.
What you’ll need:
- Acorn caps
- Wool felt balls (2 cm)
- Wool felt for oak leaves (or artificial oak leaves)
- Embroidery floss, pearl cotton, or heavy thread for the veins
- Ribbon (about 18″ of narrow ribbon)
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Craft paper
- Hot Glue Gun
Make the Acorns
The wool felt acorns are pretty easy to make. Collect some acorn caps, buy some wool felt balls at your favorite craft store or order them online, and glue the two together. You’ll need 3 acorns per napkin ring, oak-ey doakey? (Just a little arbor humor for you;-)
Make the Leaves
For the leaves, you can either make them out of wool felt, or if you’re not “sew inclined”, buy artificial oak leaves from a craft store or liberate some leaves from an old autumn wreath. If you decide to make the leaves from felt, cut 2 oak-leaf shapes for each napkin ring using the oak leaf template provided by clker.com. Sew veins onto the leaves using a simple running stitch, or if you prefer, with your sewing machine.
Make the Base
For the base of the napkin ring, cut a 1″ wide cylinder from the empty toilet paper roll. Also cut a piece of craft paper 1-1/2″ x 6″. I used brown paper because I wanted it to blend into the background. Put some hot glue on the toilet paper roll and wrap the paper around it. The paper will stick out past the toilet paper roll about a quarter-inch on each side. You can just leave it like that. No need for tucking it into the tube unless you want to.
Put It All Together
Arrange two leaves on top of the covered tube in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Affix with hot glue. Tie a length of narrow ribbon into a multi-looped bow and glue it on top of the leaves. Finally, affix and three acorns on top of the ribbon.
Add the Napkin
Toilet paper rolls make great bases for napkin rings because all you have to do is fold the napkin and send it through the hole. I folded my napkin in half and folded it in half again so that it ended up as a square measuring about 10″ x 10″. (I started with a 20″ x 20″ napkin.)
Speaking of napkins, what color napkin will you use? I chose a gorgeous burnt orange napkin because it really sets off the acorns. Bright Settings carries several autumn-colored basic polyester napkins that would look gorgeous with these napkin rings. Here are a few of my favorites:
You can buy these napkins at Bright Settings (or, if you’re having a large event, you can also rent them.) They are so inexpensive that you could keep several sets of them on hand in a multitude of colors to match your holiday decor. Whichever color(s) you choose, these acorn napkin rings can be made to complement them.